After recent announcements of layoffs on the military side of Rockwell Collins, a new contract announced on Thursday could lead to new jobs on the commercial side of the company.
Rockwell Collins announced on Thursday that they have agreed to a multi-year contract with Boeing to provide large-format flight displays as standard equipment on the 737 MAX, an aircraft expected to begin production in 2017.
The large-format flight displays, which are four 15.1 inch landscape LCD's, are currently being used on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the Boeing KC-46 Tanker and are available for retrofit on the 757 and 767 aircrafts.
"It's a great honor to add the 737 MAX to the growing family of Boeing aircraft equipped with our state-of-the-art flight displays," said Kent Statler, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Commercial Systems at Rockwell Collins, in a written statement. "Airlines will benefit from the increased real estate and dramatically enhanced visuals of these displays which will serve as the foundation for NextGen airspace technologies entering the marketplace."
Currently there are more than 900 orders for the 737 MAX.
Rockwell Collins announced about 170 layoffs earlier this year as a result of cuts to defense contracts.
Josh Baynes, spokesman for Rockwell Collins, says this new contract is very likely to create new positions on the commercial side of the business.
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